Bluegrass Showcase Set for Opening Night

Kentucky to host Richmond, Detroit Mercy, and Morehead State in Rupp Arena “Bubble”

November 6, 2020 –

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Bluegrass Showcase, featuring nationally ranked Kentucky and Richmond, along with Detroit Mercy and Morehead State, will open the 2020-21 college basketball season at Rupp Arena.

“With all that we’ve been through the last eight months, we are beyond grateful to return to competition and begin the 2020-21 season,” says Kentucky head coach John Calipari. “We don’t know exactly how this is all going to play out with the virus, but the health and safety of our kids and our staff is going to be at the forefront of everything we do, including this event to start the season at Rupp Arena. We’ve had to do a lot of work to get to this point, but I think I speak for everyone when I say that we can’t wait to get on the court and play in some games.”

Games will begin on Opening Day of the 2020-21 college basketball season when Kentucky will meet Morehead State and Richmond will take on Detroit Mercy on November 25. The complete schedule is as follows:

—– Wednesday, November 25 —–

Morehead State vs. Kentucky – 6:00 p.m. (ET) SEC Network
Detroit Mercy vs. Richmond – 9:00 p.m. (ET)

—– Friday, November 27 —–

Detroit Mercy vs. Kentucky – 6:00  p.m. (ET) SEC Network
Morehead State vs. Richmond – 9:00 p.m. (ET)

—– Sunday, November 29 —–

 Richmond vs. Kentucky – 1:00 p.m. (ET) ESPN
Detroit Mercy vs. Morehead State – 4:00 p.m. (ET)

The Bluegrass Showcase is produced by the Gazelle Group and the University of Kentucky. The event will follow all NCAA and conference health and safety protocols and will be a safe, controlled environment/bubble for its participants.

About the Gazelle Group
The Bluegrass Showcase is produced by the Gazelle Group of Princeton, N.J. The Gazelle Group is a sports marketing firm, specializing in event production and management, client representation, and sponsorship consulting. Gazelle produces numerous nationally-recognized events, such as the 2K Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project presented by Continental Tire, Roman Legends Classic presented by Old Trapper, the Gotham Classic, the Sunshine Slam, the College Basketball Invitational, and the inaugural Holiday Face-Off hockey tournament. For more information on the Gazelle Group, please visit

The Gazelle Group | 475 Wall Street | Princeton, N.J. 08540 | 609.921.1300 |

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